Pregnant woman with hospital bag

If you have one in the oven, it’s a good idea to get prepped for B-Day well in advance. Once you enter the third trimester, the nerves may start to kick in as you begin to ponder just how you’re going to get baby out. Focusing on practical details will help you stay grounded, and getting a hospital kit together can help you feel calm and in control in the lead-up to the birth. Plus having a hospital bag on-hand will make your hospital room feel just like home!

So what should you pack?

If you’re like most women, packing lightly may not be your forte (and we all know you can’t leave it to hubby to select the right post-birth outfit!), so it’s good to narrow it down to the top 10 hospital bag essentials. Follow this guide to create a hospital kit containing everything you’ll need as you bask in that glorious post-birth glow.

1. Comfy tee

A roomy dress, nighty or tee will allow you to give birth as comfortably as possible. Choose and old favourite or pick up something new especially for the occasion.

2. Soap

Labour can get a little sweaty, and you’ll probably want a shower soon after the birth, so it pays to have a yummy-smelling soap on hand.

3. Camera

Even if you’re not normally the snap-happy type, a camera is essential to capture those precious first moments between mum and bub. Make sure the battery is fully charged!

4. Dry shampoo

This wonder product is the ultimate quick fix for locks that could use a lift. Spritz it on for an easy pick-me-up before those first post-birth photos.

5. Scented candles

Not a fan of that hospital smell? Lighting a few scented candles will instantly make your room feel more like home.

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6. Easy cleaning supplies

In case you want to make your room fresh, hygienic and ship-shape for family and friends who come to visit, a pack of  disinfectant wipes or spray will allow you to keep things squeaky clean with minimal fuss.

7. Swaddles

Keep bub warm and cosy with a swaddle in a sweet print.

8. Nappies

New mums typically change up to 10 nappies a day, which means you’ll need to be prepared! Some hospitals provide nappies, so check with your doctor and, if not, make sure you stock up.

9. Nursing pads

Stay high and dry once you start breastfeeding with a supply of top quality nursing pads.

10. Going-home outfit

There’s nothing like walking out of the hospital doors and bringing baby home, so make sure you’re dressed for the occasion! A simple dress is easy to throw on and always looks chic.

Once you have your hospital kit together, pack your bag two weeks before your due date, just in case bub decides to arrive a little early.